Visa regime disagrees with fraternal feelings between Russians, Ukrainians - Mironov

The new Ukrainian authorities will punish both Russians and their own citizens with their visa regime decision; this policy looks like pure agony, A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov said.

The new Ukrainian authorities will punish both Russians and their own citizens with their visa regime decision; this policy looks like pure agony, A Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov said.

"This unfriendly step by the Kiev authorities punishes citizens of Ukraine and Russia who have long become kin," the party's press service quoted Mironov as saying.

The Kiev authorities "are searching for enemies because they are unable to solve their problems - economic, social and political," Mironov said.

"What they [the Ukrainian authorities] are doing totally disagrees with the aspirations and interests of the two fraternal people," he pointed out.

In fact, the policy of the Kiev authorities "looks like agony rather than a well-considered and balanced decision of a state," Mironov said.

Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy said on Wednesday that the Council had ordered the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to put in place a visa regime with the Russian Federation. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said later on they should not hurry with the introduction of the visa regime and travels to Russia with external passports.

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